Rig Count in Utica Climbs to 20

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The number of rigs operating in the Utica shale across eastern Ohio improved to 20 during the week ended Aug. 11, up from 18 the previous week, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

ODNR reported it issued nine new permits for horizontal wells across the Utica during the week.

Ascent Resources LLC was awarded three permits for wells in Jefferson County, Gulfport Energy received three permits targeted for Belmont County and Eclipse Resources LP received three permits for wells in Monroe County.

As of Aug. 11, ODNR had approved 2,863 permits for horizontal wells in the Utica, 2,391 of which are drilled and 1,945 of which are in production.

No new permits were issued for Columbiana, Mahoning or Trumbull counties in the northern portion of the Utica, ODNR said.

Nor were new Utica permits issued for neighboring Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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